Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North Constituency, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini has added his voice to the ongoing controversy sourounding the overwhelmingly approval of president Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees by parliament of Ghana.
In a statement sighted by ghdominancenews.com today February 6, 2021, the Tamale North legislator disclosed that the minority caucus came to stalemate as to whom to disqualify or pass, which the leader suggested a voting to end the brouhaha, adding that it will not be fair to conclude he was influenced.
He also assured the teaming supporters of the National Democratic Congress NDC that they will make sure such thing doesn’t happen again in future.
Alhaji Suhuyini however apologized unreservedly on behalf of his colleagues, asking the party to bury the hatchet.
“I have monitored comments here since the disappointing approval of the ministers. Let me assure you all that I feel your disappointment. It’s true we could have done better especially for you our supporters who sacrificed so much for us to win our elections. Unfortunately due to some other considerations and confusion but certainly NOT MONEY we failed you and I personally apologize for that. I can pledge on your behalf that moving forward we will do better to uplift your spirits and to redeem ourselves”, the statement said.
“Let me however clear the notion that our leadership especially our minority leader was compromised. In deed at some point when making a decision at the appointment committee on who to recommend to the house to fail became difficult the minority leader declared that we should subject all nominees to voting on the floor. So it is not fair for anyone to suggest that he was compromised and we were not. We all wanted the same thing but our approaches may have been different and unfortunately in the end we all lost to our disappointment and yours as well. It will not happen again. We will always be reminded by the pain our disappointment caused you next time we have to take a decision again”, it added.
So far, Suhuyini is second MP from the minority MPs to render apology after the Sagnarigu MP’s, Alhaji A. B. A. Fuseini’s yesterday since the approval of the ministers received a negative response from the party’s grassroots.
The minority caucus led by Haruna Iddrisu released a similar statement yesterday saying, “The Leadership and entire Parllamentary caucus of the NDC wishes to reiterate our commitment to the cause of the great National Democratic Congress. We expressly reaffirm our resolve to hold the Akufo-Addo government to account over the coming days, months and years for their stewardship to the Ghanaian people. This is non-negotiable. You may he disappointed in this outcome but we will not disappoint or let you down in the future. The caucus has never been and would never be for sale.”
“We categorically deny all allegations or influence or favour as a consideration ror the approvals in lhe House. I
It is inportant to note that we are parlies of equal strenglh with; NDC 137 and NPP 137+1, how we wish we had just 140. We acted in accordance with our oath of office and in good faith and conscience. We hold dearly our founding principles of probity, accountability and social justice in our every engagement on behalr of our Party”, it added.
The three (3) ministers whose approval brought the controversy are : minister-designate for Fisheries, Madam Hawa Koomson, who polled 161 votes out of 265, while eighteen (18) voted for Information Minister designate, Kojo Opong Nkrumah and six (6) voted for Agriculture Minister designate, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto who got 143 votes.